Thanks to Frank and Frank for handling the grand prize draw for the Party of Five contest, with the winner of this weekend’s package getting:
- Two tickets to Hilton Beijing Food & Wine Experience XV
- Dinner for two in One East or Elements at Hilton Beijing
- An overnight stay in the presidential suite tomorrow night.
- Next-day breakfast for two in Elements.
Frank Sun, of new Sanlitun South restaurant F by Tribute, prepared the draw tickets for the five finalists. He was far more diligent than I usually am, insisting that each paper be folded to an equal size, where as I simply crumple. He placed the five folded tickets in a wine glass and shook them up.
Frank Yglesias, of new Sanlitun Soho wine bar California Grapes, stuck in his hand and, without looking, picked one paper. Sun unfolded the paper to reveal the name of the winner…
Congratulations to all of the finalists and thank you to everyone who entered, as this is a contest where the answers took some work. Hope to see you at the Hilton Beijing for tomorrow’s event, which runs from 1 PM to 7 PM, and, if other years are an indication, should be a lot of fun.
Hilton Beijing holds its Food & Wine Experience XV this Saturday and I have been holding a “Party of Five” contest to give away tickets, meals and, for the grand prize winner, a stay in the hotel’s presidential suite that night. For details of the event, see here.
Today, I met Emile Otto of Beijing Hilton and we each picked five or six entries we thought best. As I know several people who entered, we asked Philip Osenton — who on Saturday will attempt to break a world record at the hotel — to narrow our picks to five finalists for the grand prize. Here are Osenton’s picks:
- Colin Chan
Each gets two tickets to Food & Wine Experience, including either lunch or dinner. As for the winner of the grand prize, which includes that stay in the presidential suite and next-day breakfast, we will hold the draw on Friday afternoon and post the result on this page.
By the way, the hotel’s senior management asked me to subtly and humorously indicate that the winner of the suite stay will be responsible for any damages and should avoid doing anything that would, say, qualify for inclusion in a story such as this. Trying to figure out a way to do that.
Finally, Osenton also picked five entries at random to each receive a pair of tickets sans lunch or dinner. The tickets are good for entry to Food & Wine Experience XV from 1 PM to 7 PM and access to more than 1000 wines plus snacks. The five winners are:
- Peter Carney
I will be in touch with the winners by email. You can see all of the Party of Five entries here. The entries of the finalists are repeated below.
One guest from abroad: I would invite famous hedge fund manager Jim Chanos of Kynickos Associates. He has famously suggested China’s economy is in big trouble (and he often points to the housing market to support his views). With all of his chatter, Jim Chanos has never actually been to China! After a day of showing him the real Beijing, we could chat economics and grape terroir from the Hilton Beijing’s Presidential Suite.
One guest living in China: Devon Nixon, grandnephew of Fmr. US President Richard Nixon lives in Shanghai! He was even president of his MBA class in Shanghai…yes, another President Nixon! I mean, I need to meet this guy! Also, he has a very presidential name….goes well with presidential suite! And, I would tell him why I think Beijing is the better city to live in!
One friend: the guy who makes my sushi at Edomae on Lucky Street….Unfortunately, I don’t know his name (although I should) but his fatty salmon sushi brings me such great happiness. I am sure he would enjoy the Presidential suite…maybe he could bring some salmon?
One celebrity: Adam Richman from the TV show Man vs Food…because I can chat food 24/7 and we can both eat (and I’m sure he can drink)! In Beijing, the number one topic is food! Also, he has yet to do a show from Beijing…
Foreigner: Dom Perignon. Blind. Monk. Invented champagne. Hopefully he’ll bring some of his product.
Famous: Robert Parker. I want to sit him down with ten wines and give him a blind taste test. If he fails to identify them all correctly then we will ritually burn his books and force him to down shots of 1982 Chateau Margaux mixed with Sprite and ice.
Family: My mother. She loves wine and I miss having her around.
Chinese: Professor of Archaeology Fang Hui who in 1995, discovered remnants of Chinese grape wine making dating back more than 4600 years. Now, since China has a 5000 year old history, that means red wine is more intrinsically Chinese than the Great Wall.
Guest Living in China: Stephon Marbury because you know that dude has been to a crazy hotel party or two in his day and he will know how to live it up.
Guest from abroad: Prince Harry because we have photographic evidence that guy knows how to party in a hotel.
Celebrity: Lady Gaga because she kills two birds with one stone. You can tell she likes a good party, plus she will be able to add some music to the festivities.
Friend: Charlie Silverman, the former City Weekend Beijing sports editor that has relocated back to the US, because it will be good to have him back in China for a bit, and the dude knows how to talk some smack, so I know he will be able to get Starbury and Prince Harry ralled up enough at each other there will be some good verbal fireworks.